Envisioning eco-efficient neighbourhood

Östersundom consists of five districts. The planning and development of each district are conducted to meet high ecological standards. Östersundom is envisioned as the most eco-efficient neighbourhood in the Nordic countries.

Östersundom is projected to become an urban area featuring low consumption of natural resources and a small carbon footprint. Östersundom will meet this goal with the help of an energy-intelligent urban strategy that provides both residents and businesses with opportunities to utilize solar energy and other renewable energy sources in competitive ways. A project to develop the utilization of solar energy is currently underway.

Energy will be produced in an ecological manner, for example, by utilizing waste, solar energy, biomass and geothermal energy. Heat will be produced at local hybrid power plants. District heat may be sourced from the Vuosaari power plant or a local Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant using renewable energy. Östersundom will utilize solar power and smart grids.

Renewable energy sources are already utilized in Östersundom today

The Sakarinmäki school complex plans to produce more than 80 percent of its heat energy from renewable sources. The heating solution for the school, located far from the existing district heat network, is a hybrid method integrating geothermal energy, solar energy and a heat plant. The school’s gravel fields hide 21 geothermal wells each about 300 metres deep. Solar thermal panels will be installed next to the school to produce 5 percent of the school’s annual heat energy. There will also be an oil-fired heat plant for the coldest days of winter, which will initially burn light fuel oil, but it will be designed to enable a shift to biofuels in the future.

Östersundom is marked by the closeness of the sea

Living near the shoreline, people can take advantage of many outdoor opportunities at the sea including swimming and boating. Östersundom is planned to allow people to enjoy the sea, while preserving the valuable maritime nature. Östersundom is home to the Sipoonkorpi National Park, which is an important outdoor and recreational area for all Helsinki. The city plan for Östersundom also incorporates extensive nature reserves in a Natura 2000 nature protection area “Mustavuori woodland and Östersundom bird-nesting sites”. The Natura 2000 area comprises shallow bays and their shorelines as well as rocky hills with green vegetation on their slopes.